25 August 2008 @ 08:15 pm
Ohmigod, you guys, I sold a pattern on Etsy! Because I opened my shop and didn't tell you. Hmm. But I sold a pattern! To a woman in Australia! International commerce!

Here it is.

It's currently named Miss McKnittington's Friend, because I still think it's cute and a nod to a favorite of Victorian literature. And that's very me, no? I need to write some copy yet for the profile and junk, but I've sold something! Go me.

Now everyone should go buy a pattern or a pair of cuffs! I need to buy my sister a blender. Or a toaster oven. Possibly I will also remember to put Bubba's name on the gift tag.

[ profile] sora50, I think the fact that my sister is marrying someone whose nickname is Bubba should remove any doubt that I'm not Jewish.
Current Music: Ominous Man -- The Verve Pipe
27 July 2008 @ 02:17 am
I completely spaced on time while knitting tonight, and somehow ended up knitting for two and a half hours without taking more than a five minute break. Stupid "League of Their Own"! Being such a good movie that I lost complete and total track of time.

In that time, though, I got the bulk of the knitting done on the second frilly cogwheel cuff. I would say it took me about two and half hours to knit to the picot bind-off, and that time includes eating dinner. Unfortunately, it took like half an hour to do a third of the picot bind-off, which means that binding off is going to take nearly as long as knitting it. Why, O cruel world? Why?

All this knitting means that either tomorrow is going to be a no knitting day or a pattern writing day. I wrote out the charts for the cogwheel frill cuffs* after dinner, and I realized that their construction is a lot more complicated than I thought. The skills involved include: knitting in the round, knitting on DPNs, lace, reading from charts, two different decreases, picot bind off, and ribbing. Some of those are really basic ones (knitting in the round, DPNs, ribbing), but I know that reading from charts and lace really scare some people. I just sort of whizzed through the first one, despite ripping the whole thing out two or three times for gauge reasons. It was kismet? I dunno. Like most things I do, I feel like I could probably have worked harder on them, but I can't find anything to change, even given my directional decrease goof-up that I ended up liking.

Anyway, I have knit another (very simple) fingerless mitt, and I need some input on it.

bicolorcuff 001

Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: Size 4 US

That above is the prototype, but it's the first picture I wanted to show you, so there. Click on it for a bigger picture.

Mitts with two color frill )

Cogwheel cuffs in action )

Er, yes. Look at all this knitting that has suddenly appeared.

*These so need a better name.
24 July 2008 @ 07:46 pm
Here's my preliminary frilly neo-Victorian cuff, all pinned out and blocking.

frillycuff 001

It's pretty big -- a little smaller than a dinner plate. The frill on it is a full circle with a picot bind off. It's knit from the cuff down in an eyelet rib on small needles, and then for the frill, I switched to larger needles so the fabric would be drapier.

These are intended to be worn under a jacket or bodice with long fitted sleeves. They keep your hands and wrists warm, and give some frilliness to what can be a severe silhouette. They're good for early autumn or when spring is still cold.

Details under here )

So, what does everyone think?